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The All Wales Obesity Pathway

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This sets out our approach for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

We launched the Obesity Pathway in 2010 to help people achieve a healthy weight. 

It involves health boards working with local authorities and other services to tackle the obesity problem in Wales. The pathway sets out a four-level approach to manage and treat obesity in Wales:

Level 1 - Community-based prevention - ensure opportunities are available for people to achieve and help maintain a healthy body weight

Level 2 - Early intervention services for people who wish to lose weight and have been identified at an increased risk by a doctor.

Level 3 - Specialist weight management services for people who are obese and have tried several methods of losing weight without success.

Level 4 - Bariatric surgery - specialist medical and surgical services for those people who have not managed to lose weight through conventional methods.

All health boards, working with their partners, are providing level one and two services. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board offer adult level 3 services. Other health boards are also currently developing their level 3 specifications.

The Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) is responsible for Level 4 services on behalf of health boards in Wales.

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